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Metal production and processing

Metals production and processing guidance

Metals production and processing businesses can have a number of impacts on the environment. Examples include:

  • air emissions from scrap metal processing, furnace fumes, oil mists, dust, mould production and casting and cooling processes
  • energy consumption by furnaces, air-handling units, motors and drives
  • land contamination from accidental spills of oil and chemicals and, potentially, the past use of the site
  • noise pollution from materials handling, rolling mills, billet casting, air extraction equipment and vehicles on your site
  • waste disposal, such as off-cuts, refractories, slags, sludges, fluxes, lubricating fluids and baghouse and electrostatic precipitator waste
  • water discharges, for example contaminated water from material decontamination, cooling and wet scrubbing processes, cleaning and testing.
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